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Gaston Day has talent to be found

The Spartans of Gaston Day certainly has made plenty of noise this season, off to a great start and really looking like a team that can make even more noise in the future in North Carolina.  Phenom Hoops has been able to view the Spartans a few times this year, with the most recent coming at the Phenom Holiday Classic and we can say it now, college coaches need to put this team on their...

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Coming into his own: 2023 Riley Allenspach (Providence Day)

Player: Riley AllenspachClass: 2023Height: 6’10School: Providence Day Providence Day has quickly caught the attention of many and the reasons are clear to see when watching this team in action.  There is talent to be found all over the court for college coaches and one of the rising talents and big men in the state is 2023 6’10 Riley Allenspach. Yes, he has been a talent that college...

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Keep an eye on: 2023 6’8 Kahlif Barnes (Piedmont Classical)

Player: Kahlif BarnesClass: 2023Height: 6’8School: Piedmont Classical There was a ton of intriguing teams and talent that opened up a few eyes at the Phenom Holiday Classic.  One player that caught some attention with his play was 2023 6’8 Kahlif Barnes with Piedmont Classical.  One of the focal pieces for his team, Barnes really showcased just how effective he can be on the floor and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 4 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 2)

2023 Josh Bullock (Lake Norman Christian): Bullock may have had the performance of the day on Day 4, as he went off for 31 points in the in today.  His stock seems to be rising, as he has really elevated his play as a point guard.  His poise, his strength, his mentality on the floor… all make him very intriguing and when you add his offensive scoring output that he showed, Bullock is really...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 4 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 1)

2022 Niccolo Moretti (DME Academy): This being my second viewing of this young man, I’m starting to become a big fan of what he provides and how he operates on the court.  He may have the best vision and touch in finding his teammates at the event, delivering precise dimes to his teammates, showing a shifty game as a ball-handler, really plays at a great pace, and also can create his own...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 2)

2022 DJ Nix (Cannon): Even in a loss, Nix was incredibly productive and just seemed to be everywhere on the court. No matter where you put him, Nix was able to create havoc and simply produce. He showed his full arsenal, creating for himself, getting to the basket to score, knocking down shots on all levels, and getting on the boards.  He finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, in one of...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 1)

2023 Riley Allenspach (Providence Day): The growth that we have seen in Allenspach has been impressive, as he continues to understand and use his body more and more to his advantage, while also becoming more fluid and stronger at his size.  One can see that he is becoming more active on his feet, as well as being active on the glass, and showing tremendous touch in the paint.  He...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Holiday Classic (Day 2, Part 2)

2025 John Lash (Charlotte Christian): Hard to believe that this young man is only a freshman, as he plays more like a veteran on the court.  Really like his size and his motor on the floor, being assertive on the boards but also plays with such poise and touch.  Great frame already for his age, has a smart IQ in how to score around opponents, and has good touch with his shot. 2022 Logan Blair...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Holiday Classic (Day 2, Part 1)

2022 Takai Simpkins (Liberty Heights): Takai came out strong and never let up with his attack and he continues to show he can score in a variety of ways.  He uses his body very well and has the ability to create for himself while getting to the rim but also showcased his perimeter game, knocking down multiple threes for his team. 2022 Tajuan Simpkins (Liberty Heights): The duo of the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom Holiday Classic

2022 Marcus Kell (Legion Collegiate): I will have to say this, Western Carolina seems to have gotten them a steal, and can’t wait to see what he is able to do at the next level. Really tough to match up with a 6’8 prospect with one of the smoothest shots around, stepping in and showing his range, but also being effective in all areas and helping on the boards.  Simply uses his size to his...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2022 Jabare Perry (Cape Fear Christian)

We can say it now… Cape Fear Christian Academy is going to be a program you will want to watch and keep track of in North Carolina in the 1A Division. They have talent and a winning pedigree, led by their coaching staff. Phenom Hoops got a chance to watch them at the Holiday Classic recently and we saw several players of interest.

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Holiday Classic Rewind: Class of 2023/2024 Standouts

It was a great week of high school basketball in Rock Hill for Phenom Hoops, as the Phenom Holiday Classic was off the charts with terrific games and performances. We have continued our extensive coverage of our event but we wanted to run back through the list of players that captured our eyes from the event. Here are several names that left a lasting memory on us with their performance on the court. Check out the list below and start making yourself familiar with the names this season.

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Holiday Classic Rewind: Class of 2022 Standouts

It was a great week of high school basketball in Rock Hill for Phenom Hoops, as the Phenom Holiday Classic was off the charts with terrific games and performances. We have continued our extensive coverage of our event but we wanted to run back through the list of players that captured our eyes from the event. Here are several names that left a lasting memory on us with their performance on the court. Check out the list below and start making yourself familiar with the names this season.

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Holiday Classic Rewind: Class of 2021 Standouts

It was a great week of high school basketball in Rock Hill for Phenom Hoops, as the Phenom Holiday Classic was off the charts with terrific games and performances. We have continued our extensive coverage of our event but we wanted to run back through the list of players that captured our eyes from the event. Here are several names that left a lasting memory on us with their performance on the court. Check out the list below and start making yourself familiar with the names this season.

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Phenom Holiday Classic Player Spotlight: 2021 Bray Greer (Anderson Christian)

Some of the best times when watching as many games as we have at Phenom Hoops is finding that hidden gem on the court.  When you watch a new player and start to find out more information about him, there are players that make you scratch your head on why or how others aren’t talking more about him. One player that fits that picture was 2021 Bray Greer from Anderson Christian.  Greer is...

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Doing More with Less: Anderson Christian

The high school basketball scene is unique in each respective state, but very few programs have to battle quite like Anderson Christian. What is it that makes this program so strange? Well, they have a total of 192 students in their entire K-12 system, which only seems to make their abilities on the hardwood that much more impressive. When asked about this unusual circumstance, coach Josh Brown...

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Carmel Christian Sits atop Phenom Hoops’ NCISAA Rankings

Each year, Phenom Hoops’ high school rankings (NCISAA/NCHSAA/Sweet Sixteen) always seem to get folks worked up. Like most rankings list, they simply don’t matter. They are opinion-based and have no actual effect on the teams or players involved, perhaps beyond receiving some minor attention. However, the competitive balance is more evident now than the last few seasons. That being said, Carmel...

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Comenius Girls’ Program is Rapidly on the Rise

Earlier this month, Phenom Hoops saw a slew of teams come through our Holiday Classic in Rock Hill, South Carolina. These squads came from all types of areas and featured varying levels of competition during the seven-day event. That being said, no one expected the Comenius girls’ program to be an exciting, well-oiled machine—especially to be the youngest group in attendance. Although their...

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Players that Need More Attention from the Phenom Holiday Classic

Need More Attention DJ Cuttino 2022 (Hickory Grove) –DJ was in complete control in their upset win over Cannon School. Hickory Grove needed DJ to have a bigtime performance and that is exactly what he did. He made big shot after big shot. He was scoring from all three levels. He is a smart, quick, crafty guard who can impact the game on both sides of the ball. He finished the game with a game...

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T-Lew’s Fantastic Four From the Phenom Holiday Classic

Best Performances BJ Freeman 2021 (Moravian Prep) – BJ had one of the best performances we have seen all year vs Combine Academy. From the tip he had complete control of the game. He was making an impact on both sides of the ball. He was scoring in a variety of ways, knocking down shots, and attacking the rim. No one was able to keep BJ Freeman out of the lane. Not only is he a great basketball...

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Holiday Classic Player Spotlight: 2022 Logan Threatt (Concord Academy)

If a college coach is looking for a point guard that can lead a team, is quick in the open floor, plays with a tough and physical mindset, and can be a playmaker for himself or for others, you should start looking at the player Logan Threatt, a 2022 prospect from Concord Academy. He had a stellar event in Rock Hill, South Carolina at the Phenom Holiday Classic, posting double-digit outings on...

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Phenom Podcast: Holiday Classic Day 7 Recap/ POB’s Eye Catchers

It was the final day of what was a long but exciting week at Phenom Hoops, as we ended the Phenom Holiday Classic in Rock Hill with a bang. Teams wanted to end the week with a big win on Wednesday, as players and teams competed on the court. We review and recap the action on Wednesday, go over the scores, and talk about POB’s Eye Catchers from the day. Make sure you subscribe to our...

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Holiday Classic Player Spotlight: 2021 BJ Freeman (Moravian Prep)

There is something to be said about a player that has something to prove, with a chip on his shoulder, and is determined to showcase his full talent and how he can produce. 2021 BJ Freeman from Moravian Prep did that and more at the Phenom Holiday Classic.  Freeman has been looked at as one of the top players in the state of North Carolina but it does feel at times he may get overlooked at...

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